Sony's newest Xperia branding 10in tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, which was launched with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, can now be rooted on official firmware. Thanks to the easy rooting toolkit released by recognised XDA developer, DooMLoRD.

Besides, the developer has shared a method that allows users to root their tablets without facing any difficulty. The key feature of the method is this works on both locked and unlocked version of bootloaders.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The Xperia Tablet Z runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official update. Sony

Xperia Tablet Z users, who wish to root their devices using the easy rooting toolkit, may follow our step-by-step guide.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Before performing the root, users are advised to ensure that their devices meet follwoing requirements.


1) Install ADB Drivers for Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the tablet to connect the Android device with the computer and use the Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and check the USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As this tutorial might wipe all the data of the tablet, create a back-up. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed then backup data using the recovery.

4) Verify that the battery of the Xperia Tablet should have above 80 per cent of charge.

5) Press Windows + R keys on the computer's keyboard. A command box will appear. Now copy and paste the following command in the box and click OK: shutdown -o -r -t 0

This will restart the computer in Advanced Startup menu. Select Disable Driver Signing option. Then choose the have disk option and install the Flashtool driver manually. Now reboot the computer.

6) Increase the screen timeout (on the tablet) to 10 minutes by navigating to Setting>> Display>> Sleep>> 10 mins.

7) Enable install from Unknown sources by selecting Settings>> Security>> Unknown source.

8) Rooting the device will void manufacturer's warranty. However, users can reclaim the warranty back by unrooting the device later.

9) The root method and the root file have been tested on Xperia Tablet Z with stock Jelly Bean firmware version 10.1.C.0.344.

Steps to root Sony Xperia Tablet Z on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with locked/unlocked bootloaders

Step-1: Download the rooting toolkit package for Xperia Tablet Z

File name:

Step-2: Extract the files, from the downloaded toolkit, into a folder and place it on the C: drive of the computer

Step-3: Exit all the apps running on the computer such as PC Companion, PC Suite and Flashtool which use ADB drivers. These apps are likely to interfere with the rooting process

Step-4: Connect the Xperia Tablet Z to the computer using USB cable

Step-5: Open the rooting toolkit folder then run and execute the runme.bat file

Step-6: Now press the Enter key to start the process. As the device is detected, the toolkit will start executing steps one by one

Step-7: Keep watching the command prompt and wait for the following command to appear

Press the button to restore the data in your phone

Step-8: At this point look at the tablet's screen, an app will start saying Restore data. Select it

Step-9: Now a message saying if Restoring data is complete will appear in the command prompt.

Step-10: Open the Phone app and dial *--7378423--* on the keypad

Step-11: From the Service Menu of the device, select Service tests

Step-12: Select Display (the screen will turn white), the toolkit will now start executing some commands

Step-13: Now press the Power button to turn off the screen. Wait for a few seconds and then press the Power button again (repeat it a few time). Meanwhile keep observing the command prompt for outputs

Step-14: Some texts will now appear on the screen saying Transfer files to your phone part2, installing busybox, su, Superuser, etc....and finally Cleaning up

Step-15: The tablet will then reboot automatically

As the Sony Xperia Tablet Z boots up, it should be rooted successfully.

Troubleshooting issues

If the bootloader of the tablet is unlocked then after applying the root method, the bootloader status will turn Bootloader unlock allowed: No. However, there is nothing to worry. A few users have reported stating a repair via SEUS will flash back the stock firmware and turn this status to Bootloader unlock allowed: Yes.

The device will lose root once the aforementioned instruction is performed and the internal data will also get wiped. Therefore, create back-up of all apps and internal data on external SD card or the computer.

Users, who are facing broken NFC issue after applying this root method, may click here for an easy fix.

[Source: XDA developers]

[Video credit: shem2409]

Also read: Install official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on Xperia Tablet Z [GUIDE]